We’re building a better world together.

Los Angeles

November 14-16, 2018
Los Angeles, CA

Where Empathy Turns to Action

Our work is complex, but our common goal is simple—we dedicate ourselves to creating positive change and improving lives. As we face a wide range of issues—social, economic and environmental, regional and national—it’s more important than ever to join forces with other purpose-driven professionals.

That’s exactly why changemakers from all sectors come together for Upswell, an immersive, high-energy forum for passionate individuals committed to turning ideas into action. Here you’ll connect with like-minded peers to forge strategic partnerships, address big challenges, exchange lessons learned and explore current best practices for advancing your mission and reaching your organizational goals.

Engage with your community in Los Angeles, November 14–16, 2018, to take concrete steps toward our common purpose—creating a better world.

Featured Speakers

David Brooks

As one of the America’s preeminent cultural and political commentators, New York Times columnist David Brooks has his finger on the pulse of the nation – and he has big ideas about how we can strengthen the ties that bind.

Tarana Burke

Few people embody the role of changemaker as meaningfully as Tarana Burke. With the simple, powerful hashtag #metoo, she launched one of the most influential, inclusive, and impactful social movements in modern history.

Lisa Ling

One of the essential tools of changework is storytelling. In an ever-shifting media landscape, Emmy-nominated journalist Lisa Ling has a unique talent for finding the stories that truly matter.

Erik Wahl

Calling Erik Wahl a speaker isn’t quite right. An artist, author, philanthropist, and creative thinker, he turns the stage into a “dynamic multidimensional metaphor for how to systematically embrace innovation and risk.” (Yes, you read that right!)

LA Inside & Out

Los Angeles might be home to Hollywood, but it’s also home to hundreds – yes, hundreds – of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the country. We’re excited to introduce you to LA Inside & Out, a new social good experience that takes you on a journey of authenticity and exploration into the city’s vibrant communities.

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Three-Day Pass

Grab a pass for access to all main stage talks, the Public Square, networking events, workshops, and the big awards dinner!

$600 / Ticket

$400 / $600 / $800 / $1000

Exhibitor Packages

Have a product or service that’s improving the world? Here’s your chance to connect it to the people who are doing the same!

$2,575 / Gold

$2,175 / Silver

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The City of Angels

Los Angeles projects the power of diversity. Diverse people and cultures. Diverse opportunities and challenges. Diverse neighborhoods and landscapes. Diverse kinds of thinking, hoping, feeling, being. Upswell is designed so that you’ll experience it all – not from a screen or a microphone, but on the ground, in the community, directly absorbing LA’s vibrant energy.

And when we’re not out exploring and learning together, the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown will serve as a mind-opening home base.